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Everyone Seems to Agree: Netanyahu Lies

Posted on Nov 12, 2011
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly told her cabinet that “every word that leaves [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s mouth is a lie.”

In the same week that Presidents Obama and Sarkozy accidentally “outed” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a liar in front of a crowd of senior French journalists, WikiLeaks released a diplomatic cable showing Netanyahu feared being held responsible for his role in inciting the 1995 assassination of left-wing Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Netanyahu had feared the immediate elections would mean political death for the right, which was viewed by many Israelis as partly culpable for Rabin’s death.

Israeli journalist Uri Averny, who was in contact with members of Rabin’s government at the time of his assassination, has the story below. —ARK

Uri Averny:

It appears that on the day of the assassination, Netanyahu spoke with the American ambassador (and Zionist Jew) Martin Indyk. Netanyahu, remembering his part in the incitement, was obviously in panic. He confided to the ambassador that if elections were to take place immediately, the entire Israeli right-wing would be wiped out.

But Shimon Peres, the new Prime Minister, did not call immediate elections, though several people (including myself) publicly urged him to do so. Netanyahu’s assessment was quite correct – the country was outraged, the right-wing was generally blamed for the assassination, and if elections had taken place, the Right would have been marginalized for many many years. The entire history of Israel would have taken a different turn.

Why did Peres refuse to do so? Because he hated Rabin. He did not want to be elected as the “executor of Rabin’s testament”, but on his own merits. Unfortunately, the public did not have the same high opinion of these “merits”.

During the next few months, Peres committed every conceivable (and inconceivable) mistake:  he approved the killing of a major Hamas militant which led to a flood of deadly suicide bombings all over the country. He attacked Lebanon, which led to the Kafr Kana massacre, and had to withdraw ignominiously. And then he called premature elections after all. In his election campaign, Rabin was not even mentioned. Thus Peres managed to be (narrowly) defeated by Netanyahu.

I once wrote that Peres suffered his most grievous insult just a few minutes before the assassination. Amir was waiting at the foot of the stairs from the tribune, his pistol ready. Peres came down the steps, and the assassin let him pass, like a fisherman contemptuously throwing a small specimen back into the sea. He was waiting for Rabin.

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By decembre, March 9, 2012 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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@ Howard

Why do jews living in Iran refuse to leave then ?
They like Iran and are well treated.

Netanyahoo is a bullshiter, a bloody murderer.

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By ardee, February 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment

By apostolos8, February 9 at 9:19 am

Why, Because you say so. Your figures are crap, made up and worthless. If you ever do go to Israel you might find the coffee shops filled with those expressing negative comment regarding the course of their governments actions, opposing the illegal settlements and wishing to pursue peace with the Palestinians.

But then, I guess the facts only get in your way after all.

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By apostolos8, February 9, 2012 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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During the Nazi regime in Germany 99 percent were in awe with Hitler. following the end of hostilities in WW2 most Germans were not Nazi lovers? Same holds true with Israeli politics. Most Israelis are in awe with Netanhayu but refuse to oust him because it is in their interests to grab, grab, grab all the occupied Palestinian land.

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By ardee, November 14, 2011 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

Howard, November 14 at 7:29 am

Hi, Howard, and thanks for the nonsense.

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By Howard, November 14, 2011 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

One cannot blame Netanyahuu.  this is a nonsense made
up story for obvious wacko reasons.

And the actual reason for the collapse of the peace
process is that Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly maintains that
he will never accept that Isreael is entitled to be a
Jewish state, hails Pal terrorists as heroes for
murdering Israelis and does nothing to end the
incitement to murder Jews disseminatied in schools,
mosques and media under his control

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By examinator, November 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

His fear for his Culpability in the assassination is IMO is the least of concerns.
I’d like him to stand war crimes trial for his part in the Lebanese refugee settlement massacre and subsequent hiding of the militia commanders.

Frankly he is as barbaric as any other middle eastern Zealotic tyrant.

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By larrypsy, November 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

As long as Hellary Clinton remains head of state
Netanyahu has nothing to worry about and can proceed
with expansion, expansion, expansion.

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By PatrickHenry, November 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

A liar, zealot and racist, all with our governments support, engaged with ethnic cleansing against oppressed indigenous people.

We supported south Africa up until we didn’t support it, when is it Israels turn?

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By BrooklynDame, November 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

The silent majority in Israel are finally speaking up against him; it’s good to see,
especially when it comes from people like former Israeli soldiers:

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By ardee, November 13, 2011 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

Netanyahu is a bloody butcher, and one who believes, with some degree of truth, that the US is a conveyor of Israeli political goals.

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By GA BE, November 13, 2011 at 1:53 am Link to this comment
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The Judge “We the People on Planet Earth” has spoken

We have the Right to arrest anyone that’s criminal

#Occupy… is only a litmus test if the elites will own up to their deeds.
Be aware of what you choose, Universal Cosmic Law is coming.

You have the Right to protect yourself, your family and your community. People without guns are asking to be subjected as slaves. Don’t ever loose your guns.

May Peace be upon you and in your Heart.
Prepare prepare and prepare some more.

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By Observer, November 13, 2011 at 1:00 am Link to this comment
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Everyone Seems to Agree: Netanyahu Lies and Lies and will go on lying . . .
. . or was he the first and only one who did so as an Israeli Official saying > Trust me,Trust me ?

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By Rodney, November 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment
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Netyanahu is a liar and a terrorist. He is also a
racist. He has no respect for the President when he
thought he was schooling Obama about the middle east.
He treats the Palestinians like the south treated
African Americans during the era of Jim Crow and
segregation. He continues to build Jewish settlements
on disputed land because he doesn’t want peace,he
wants land and control. Everyone who has dealt with
him knows this and that is why he wants Obama to lose
reelection. He does not trust him. Like the
Republicans who he kow tows with, he rather have a
white President than someone of color who is more
understanding and cordial to the system of aparteid
that is called Israel.

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By rend it, November 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment

Uri Averny is a great writer, you can read him regularly over on

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By Roger Lafontaine, November 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment
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I am gratified to see Uri Avnery on Truthdig. His wisdom and insight are indispensable in finding the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If there ever is a Messiah he will have to be at least as wise as Uri has been and as fair and compassionate. A tall order!

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